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Long term unemployed to earn benefits through community work

Comment 7th July 2010

The Welfare State, fantastic as it was as an ideal designed  to protect those in society who genuinely needed it, has (through it's own failure to predict the nature of our species), with time, created a subculture in our society who believe they have a right to be supported by the state (and therefore the taxpayer). This idea needs to be reversed. In the words of J.F  Kennedy ask "not what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country". There are many initiatives possible to educate or change the attitude of that part of society and I do believe we are at a watershed in our culture where we have the opportunity to do so before indeed it is too late. A fundamental measure to me is motivating and educating those who are currently unemployed but who are able to work, to contribute to society and the community as a first step to that realisation of their own worth and idea of self responsibility for the good of all.

Why does this matter?

Unless we change things now, our society and culture is on a downward spiral where one generation is worse than the last. Desparatly needs to be reversed.

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